An Act to permit the confiscation of intoxicating liquor held by or for use by young persons in public and certain other places; and for connected purposes.
[21st March 1997]
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
(1)Where a constable reasonably suspects that a person in a relevant place is in possession of [F1alcohol] and that either—
(a)he is under the age of 18; or
(b)he intends that any of the [F2alcohol] should be consumed by a person under the age of 18 in that or any other relevant place; or
(c)a person under the age of 18 who is, or has recently been, with him has recently consumed [F1alcohol] in that or any other relevant place,
[F7(1AA)A constable who imposes a requirement on a person under subsection (1) shall also require the person to state the person's name and address.]
[F7(1AB)A constable who imposes a requirement on a person under subsection (1) may, if the constable reasonably suspects that the person is under the age of 16, remove the person to the person's place of residence or a place of safety.]
F8(1A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(2)A constable may dispose of anything surrendered to him under subsection (1) in such manner as he considers appropriate.
(3)A person who fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement imposed on him under subsection (1)[F9or (1AA)] commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.
(4)A constable who imposes a requirement on a person under subsection (1) shall inform him of his suspicion and that failing without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement imposed under that subsection[F10or (1AA)] is an offence.
(5)[F11A constable may arrest without warrant a person who fails to comply with a requirement imposed on him under subsection (1).]
(6)In subsection (1) F12... “relevant place”, in relation to a person, means—
(a)any public place, other than licensed premises; or
(b)any place, other than a public place, to which the person has unlawfully gained access;
and for this purpose a place is a public place if at the material time the public or any section of the public has access to it, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission.
[F13(7)In this section—
(a)in relation to England and Wales, has the same meaning as in the Licensing Act 2003;
(b)in relation to Northern Ireland, has the same meaning as “intoxicating liquor” in the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996; and
(a)in relation to England and Wales, means premises which may by virtue of Part 3 or Part 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 (premises licence; permitted temporary activity) be used for the supply of alcohol within the meaning of section 14 of that Act;
(b)in relation to Northern Ireland, has the same meaning as in the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.]
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
(1)This Act may be cited as the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997.
(2)Section 1 shall not come into force until such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.
(3)This Act extends to England and Wales and Northern Ireland.
Subordinate Legislation Made